The Sacramento Kings may have decided on their point guard of the future: Kentucky freshman De’Aaron Fox.
And according to ESPN insider Chad Ford’s latest mock draft, there’s talk within the organization to trade the No. 5 and No. 10 picks to move up in the draft to ensure that Fox is in a Kings uniform next season.
Ford reports that Fox is in play for the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns, who have picks No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.
Fox is expected to work out for both the Lakers and the 76ers before the June 22 draft, according to CBSSports.com.
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Ford’s report came out the day after Fox’s pre-draft visit in Sacramento on Monday, according to the Bee’s Jason Jones. He was not made available to the media, but did post pictures on social media to prove that he was in Sacramento.
Jones also reported that the Kings met with Fox at last month’s NBA Scouting Combine in Chicago.
“I just feel like they have a lot of good pieces around, and they just need a point guard around to solidify a spot,” Fox said in Chicago. “It’s tough, the (Pacific) division that they’re in, you definitely need a point guard. You play Chris Paul four times, Steph Curry four times, D’Angelo Russell four times, so it’s definitely a tough division.”
The Kings have not drafted a point guard in the first round since 2011, when they selected Jimmer Fredette in a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Sacramento had two veteran point guards on their roster this season, Darren Collison and Ty Lawson, but both will be free agents this offseason.